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i wasn't elected to come here just to stand in the way of everything. there are republicans who want to do serious things. on debt. on immigration. they know that the party has a huge problem with hispanics that they have to fix. >> and the other flip side of this is you've been hearing some paranoia from republicans is another way you can crack the republican party or split them is by forcing them to take those things like taxes, and then perhaps leading to a primary challenge for those republicans who voted in favor of higher taxes. chris: somebody on the hard right then? >> as we saw in recent elections democrats have a pretty good track record in general elections against some of these fringe candidates. chris: well said. >> chuck hagel. big discussions. unlike with susan rice where she hung fire for weeks and was dropped, or she dropped herself, this time he stuck with hagel after all the heat against him on -- some from the gays and the left and the neo-cons and where is he heading? put a guy out there in your face as howard said? >> he thinks that he can win. first of all it w
to justify. you know how the sunlight foundation added up political spending in this past election to see who got the most bang for their buck in their political spending? it was really bad on the right. the republican party's house campaign committee spent almost $65 million, but only 32% of what they spent went to campaigns in which their candidate was successful. so two-to-one, their money was spent on losing. it was worse for the republican party's senate campaign. for their investment of $32 million, only 24% paid off in terms of races that went the way they wanted to. three to one, their money was spent losing. freedomworks was about the same. and the chamber of commerce, which is supposed to be such an impressible and unassailable campaign juggernaut, the chamber of commerce spent $32 million, but less than 7% of what they spent went to winning candidates they wanted to win, or against losing candidates that they wanted to lose. less than 7%. they were 93% ineffective in what they spent. even worse than that was karl rove's american crossroads, which was like the conservative politics
in the last election. wherever they can they'll turn against the president and his appointees. it's as simple as that. >> jennifer: do you think the white house, because of his previous confirmations being relatively easy, do you think the president thought lou's confirmation would be easy as well. >> no, i don't. the president came in and i got to hear from all of them. i will tell that you they are really of the understanding now and it's very different from the first year, the first administration that the non-stop partisan wear warfare from the republicans will continue. the only way to deal with this is to confront it. i think that they're determined to make sure the president has his own team in place at the cabinet and his policies will be implemented. >> jennifer: this is so interesting to me, do you think that suggests what you said there, that he's not going to be bowed by what will be objections by the senate no matter what. they're going to come no matter what. he'll put in place the team that he wants. if that isn't the case, why wouldn't he have stuck with susan rice, for exampl
it will end up? >> well, i think all through the election season, all they ever talk about was leaving afghanistan, but this is real. this was a very big deal this week and a very big change. u.s. troops will be in an advise and train -- that's all they'll be doing come spring. >> pulling back from the front lines. >> pulling back from the front lines. they will be with afghan forces. the president has not announced how fast they'll draw down but i suspect by the end of this year we could be down to 30,000 troops. we're 66,000 troops now, possibly down to 30,000 and when we really draw down in 2014, when we are no longer doing combat missions, i think you'll see anywhere from only 6,000 to 9,000 and the important thing to remember about that, george, is two details. tail means the enablers, the support, we would really have if we had 3,000 troops there, we would really have only 800 trigger pullers. you'll see a lot of counterterrorism action, all of those things joe biden talked about a long time ago. i think that's all we'll have there in the future. >> senator corker, are you comfor
. look at the banker bailouts that we have had. henry paulson, even in the elections when congress voted it down the first time, the banker bail out the last month or so of george bush's administration. obama and mccain came off of the campaign trails. they got on the phone and they got the congressional black caucus to change their votes and twist some arms and it passed and obama became president. i announcing that is why he became president, but you have to look at where the money is coming from. host: he is asking questions about jack lew, the next secretary of treasury. dave clark from politico joins us to learn a little bit more about him. to the caller pose a question about his background, particularly about wall street, can you tell us and on his experiences there and what he brings to the white house? caller: most of his background is predominantly a denture washington. he was a top house aide for a long time. he worked in the clinton administration. in the obama administration he was also the director as well working at the state department. he did spend two or three years, 200
election because of controversial statements on the israeli reluctance. among the reason for that concern and in some cases outright opposition. seven of the 12 republican members of the armed services committee expressing some opposition with at least three senators already saying they will vote no. senator david fisher saying, i will be a no-vote and on the floor. south carolina senator lindsay gramm calling hegel and antagonistic and in-your-face nomination to all of those who support israel. freshman senator ted crews of texas absolutely unloading while calling him too weak for the job >> it is interesting. the president seems bound and determined to proceed down this path despite the fact that his record is troubling. he has not been a friend, and in my view, the united states should stand unshakeable with the nation of israel, and he is consistently advocating weakness with respect to our enemies, with respect to the nation of iran, he has exposed sanctions, and the job of the secretary of defense is to be a serious, credible strength and a deterrent and, unfortunately, i think weak
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for the republican party. >> you're in politics to win to get your ideas. we lost two national elections in the row. we need to think about doing something different. >> there's plenty in new jersey in politics, as well. >> a lot less than there used to be. >> a new poll confirms christie winning support from both sides of the aisle. 73% of new jerseyans approve of him, including 62% of democrats. last night christie delivered his state of the state address, which was chock full of calls for cooperation. we don't have that sound. the washington post dana milbank paints christie as an anomaly. americans are crying out for an end to ideological warfare. that has developed into christie's signature in new jersey. a poll found support for the tea party is at record lows, while the poll found 24% called themselves tea party members in 2010, 8% see themselves as one now. evenly between democrats and republicans, that changed this past year. currently, 47% of americans identify with democrats compared to 42% who align with the gop. last night on "hardball," crusader dick army diagnosed the problem as mist
writers association had 37 candidates to choose from and elected none, zero, a few players had the whiff of steroids but should that have kept them out of the hall. jason stark doesn't think so. he wrote with cooperstown, quote, if it is a cathedral, not a museum, we are going to have to throw out gaylord perry, sorry, gaylord and everyone that corked a bat or scuffed a ball or used an amphetamine and everyone that was an off the field scoundrel. good morning, jason. >> hi, carol. >> you are one of the sports writers with the power to get someone into the hall. as you sat down with the ballot this year, was it the most agonizing ever? >> absolutely the toughest ever. i actually went and looked at every single ballot since the beginning of hall of fame voting in the 30s i think this was the most star-studded ballot in like 75 years. it's really incredible to think that we elected nobody. we had a candidate that hit more home runs than anybody that ever lived in barry bonds. we didn't elect him. we had a pitcher in roger clemons who won, at the time he retired, more games than any right-ha
explains why we still don't have a budget and how our elected officials have bungled a basic business process most of us handle with ease. a must see. "your money" starts right now. jo america's road to economic recovery is wide open, right in front of us, if our elected officials don't put major blocks in your way. i'm ali velshi. debt ceilings, budgets and spending cuts are all you'll hear coming out of washington for the next few months. the partisan warfare in washington could put a dent in any recovery. the threat is real. the next battle will be another clash over raising the u.s. debt ceiling. the current ceiling was officially hit on december 31st, but like last time the u.s. treasury is using extraordinary measures to get through about late february or early march. if congress doesn't act by then, the government risks not being able to pay some of its bills. republicans seem to think the debt ceiling is a useful tool to limit how much the government spends, but that is not what the debt ceiling law is supposed to do. it gives the u.s. treasury the flexibility to borrow money
are stepping forward, and you don't have a politic that's even functional enough for actual elected conservatives. >> i am still a believer in a functi fucking two-party system, and it's hard to believe that the republican party is going to march under the especially whenever chris christie comes out, there's a sort of round of applause that he is saying. i can't imagine that they think this is a tenable position, and this leaves the ground work for a position on immigration that's in any way moderate, and how do they go through the next two years? >> the question is whether as governor ed rendell said, you may have 60% in fare of the law, but if only 10% of people who really, really care intensely about it, will make it a single issue, are the opponents? you know, it's not going to go anywhere, and that has been the situation with gun rights is that the only people who care enough to make it a single issue are the gun owners. i'm not sure that's still true, and that will be the thing. >> intensity is critically important, but the other piece of this is money and politics. the fact
of steroids, no one has been elected to the baseball hall of fame this year, nobody. we're going to ask someone who actually had a vote about the whole subject. >>> and later, president obama is about to nominate jack liu for treasury secretary. i say it's a terrible idea. what do big names like steve forbes and howard dean say? we're going to ask them. i suspect sparks will fly. and don't forget, folks, free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. somebody's got to teach that to jack liu. we'll be right back. ♪ you know my heart burns for you... ♪ i'm up next, but now i'm singing the heartburn blues. hold on, prilosec isn't for fast relief. cue up alka-seltzer. it stops heartburn fast. ♪ oh what a relief it is! fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! yeah, this is pretty good. [ male announcer ] over a third of a day's fiber. fiber one. [ male announcer ] over a third of a day's fiber. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actua
, long ways to go. wasunited states of america 77th in the world in the percentage of elected women to office. we cannot as an organization take on the whole problem. we believe that we need more women. our piece of the port -- of the puzzle is to elect pro- choice democratic women. the democratic party is for the most part pro-choice. the vast majority of the women we work with our approach was anyway. -- our pro choice anyway. as the organization, when we started women were not running. part of what we do is not so much to choose them and make it happen, but we encourage women to step up and take this on. we need a lot more of that. we do not have enough women running for office in this country. host: why not the republican party? guest: it is not something that women think of doing right away. there is a study done by rutgers a couple of years ago that asks the question of all of these legislatures, women and men. how many times did you need to out -- be asked before you ran? the women had to be asked seven times before they would say yes. and of the men cannot they did not reall
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in future elections to the hall of fame. >>> let's take a quick look at the big board here. we have the dow before the "closing bell" in a matter of seconds. up 61 points. right at 13,390 for the day. you can always follow me on @brookeb. got to be with you. now to wolf blitzer in washington. wolf? >>> brooks, thanks very much. happening now -- >> when we hit the dock, everybody went flying. >> all of a sudden we just hit. boom. and people were catapulted forward. >> the search for answers as to why a packed ferry boat didn't stop in time, crashing into a dock and injuring dozens of new york city commuters. >>> also, vice president joe biden hears from the victims of gun violence. still to come, the nation's biggest gun seller and the nra. >>> plus, from my visit to egypt, the writing on the wall, the graphite in tahrir square tells the story of a revolution that many fear is going wrong. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin right here in washington with important news. the vice president joe biden met with victims of gun violence and gun safety advocates. they spent s
saw -- i know he saw the steven spielberg movie "lincoln" which president lincoln says, i am the re-elected president clothed in immense power. >> the president doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected a third time. he can do a lot. >> there's another scene that is not a movie. it's the scene of harry truman sitting at his desk just before he left and losing and say, poor ike, do this, do that, and nothing will happen. presidents have the power to persuade. the president may be feeling very inflated right now. obviously he is. but the grind of politics and congress is the stronger branch. >>> let's talk about the vice president of the united states. he spoke out on his task force to deal with the issue of guns. listen to what he said today. >> the president is going to act. executive orders, executive action can be taken. we haven't decided what that is yet but we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe is required. >> now, executive orders, the president just signs it. it's done. he doe
donald trump. we covered a lot of ground on all the issues from gun control, the 2012 election and miss alabama, bill maher and whether or not he's going to throw his hat into the ring in the next four years, first, here is his take on the fiscal cliff and that crisis and the future of the republican party. >> you said about the fiscal cliff, and i agreed with you, it was a terrible deal. >> terrible. >> sean: does any republican have the ability to negotiate, you said? and then you said democrats are laughing at the republicans. >> well, actually i said the republicans are the worst negotiators in the history of the world, everything. because if obama and everybody, if 100%, which isn't 100%, it's 50% of the people, but many of obama's voters were actually forced to pay much higher taxes for three days, he would have come back and he would have given everything. you would have had the democrats exactly where you wanted them. it would have been retroactively brought back so nobody would have paid higher taxes, other than the rich, maybe, will have to pay a little bit of a penalty. and i
. >> some people were surprised that ben affleck and kathryn bigelow were not elected for argo and zero dark thirty. you can see it all here sunday, february 24, reporting live for los angeles for abc7 news. >> we have a list of all the nominees and you can make your pick for the winners and post them to facebook with" my pick" feature. you can see who wins on sunday, february 24, when the oscars are given out, like, only on abc7. can't wait to see what our viewers think and what the stars will wear. >> do we want to know about the weather? >> they have snow, also, the grapevine being closed and we still have a chance for snow. it is the cold weather that is going to be the big story. you can see the clouds are still out there but not impressive looking and they do not need to be when you talk snow. it does not take much moisture to make snow. the flakes were decent size and coming down gingerly but they added up to a nice dusting. there is still a possibility they will continue to do that as we look eastover the ocean, the bay and to the ocean from our east bay hills camera this is san jose
that was done back in july of last year before the election. it's about how the president of israel largely symbolic position, adamantly opposed an israeli strike because he said, i guarantee you, if it comes to it, the americans are going to do it. so, a lot of the israeli calculation back in september and october when they were thinking about a strike was, no, let's hold off because we have some confidence that the obama administration, if it comes to it, we'll do it. if it's necessary. a lot of the people who supported president obama said, "mark my words. he is a man of his word, he does this quite seriously." then he turns around and appoints perhaps the most prominent skeptic of any kind of military intervention in iran as his defense secretary. if you're sitting in israel, you're wondering just how reliable is the united states and maybe we should go it alone. so, for that reason alone, simply the appointment of chuck hagel is going to make the israelis more skittish and perhaps more prone to act. >> here's the irony. who said that military action against iran could prove catastrophi
but it certainly is a problem for me. i spent an awful lot of time working on this election and i still believe it's the right direction to go. one thing i can say about the people i'm seeing coming in is that they appear to be qualified but more importantly, all of these women who are leaving right now would make really great congress in aren't there a few positions they might contest for? >> bill: that's an excellent point. hilda solis is planning on running for supervisor for los angeles county in 2014. so i know she'll stay in the public eye. i hope lisa jackson does, too. good to hear from you carol. thank you. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." 9am eastern. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. >> you are. >> the troops love me. (vo) tv and radio talk show host stephanie miller rounds out current's morning news block. >> you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy. just be grateful current tv does not come in smellivision. the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. (vo) only on current tv. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show," live on your radio and c
comes next. 1 of 3 people who voted in this election were women who voted for obama. we had a discussion about binders of women. we're having this discussion about the cabinet largely because of how we got here. i think the personal matters but what that means for the policy actually would be a much more interesting conversation. >> i think part of the reason was -- we'll play a little bit of the binder for women. it became a tag looib after mitt romney told the story in one of the debates. take a look. >> i've got to tell you we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women. >> the idea to go and ask where a qualified woman was, come to my house. he didn't need a binder. >> what does that mean? what does that mean? why is joe biden hiding qualified women in his house? >> what i better than joe biden. >> i agree. i'm grad we're talking about it. that photo had about a dozen people in it. the reality is there's 22 members of the cabinet and cabinet-level positions. eight of them are women. another five are minority men. so it's not like that phot
. sources close to them confirmed that he will try to win election to the seat formerly held by tim scott. host: apparently not so much these days, with him planning to run again. also want to point out this story from "the washington post." "u.s. military fighter jets provided back up to a failed french hostage rescue mission, the white house's knowledge sunday in a rare public acknowledgement of american combat operations in the horn of africa." host: we have a few minutes left on this subject of entertainment and video game violence, their role and responsibility in this ongoing national debate. mike, louisiana, on the independent line, good morning. caller: good morning. i just wanted to say that i play these types of games. i know a lot of people who do. none of us are violent people at all. pretty much all of the people who are doing this stuff, like the guy in newtown, they'll have mental problems, you know? before there were these types of games or any kind of entertainment, really, there were good people back then. i do not think that these games or videos or anything like that h
. >> reporter: and before that, john kerry for secretary of state. four top appointments since the election. four men. and then, this. "the new york times" published this white house photograph wednesday, showing the president speaking with top advisers in the oval office. ten people visible, all men. and late wednesday, labor secretary, hilda solis, announced she's leaving. the third woman in the cabinet heading for the exits. all this prompted "washington post" columnist, ruth marcus, to quip, it's "mad men" goes to washington, except peggy's leaving. >> it's time for me to move on. >> reporter: the white house says such criticism is way off-base. >> women serve in key policy roles as they do in the administration. >> reporter: as that all-male photo hit "the new york times," the white house released a new photo of the day, with a slightly different look. overall, about 43% of the president's appointees have been women. considerably more than president bush. and president obama chose women for arguably his two most important nominees, to the supreme court. soon, the president will have to
and then beating them like a drum in the next election. now, they just added 100,000 members. they have 4.2 million. it's less than a kwaurlt of the names that obama has in his obama for america database. it's a tiny fraction of the aarp. i don't use gun control anymore because i -- you have a lot of people on the right side of this argument. they just haven't taken as seriously as the nra folks have. that's what has to change. they have to take their arguments about hitler and stalin into the 2014 election and get stomped in those suburban districts. they'll win the rural vote, but in the swing suburban districts where you have people with a lot of commonsense, if they get beat and beat bad and they -- democrats focus on these districts not only can they get some gun control legislation, but they can get the house back. this is about the nuts and bolts of politics and developing a moment that it's the only thing that's ever caused change in this. >> why that's really important is that the nra wants us to fall into this trap of making this about a bill or making this about a restriction or a legisl
crisis in venezuela, because the constitution there says you're supposed to have an election within 30 days. if the winner cannot actually be inaugurated. we'll see what happens there. we'll show you what's going on with venezuelan bonds. they're widely held with a lot of fixed-income portfolios. look at that, nearly 9%. when hugo chavez first got sick, venezuelan bonds rallied dramatically, because people thought, okay, there's now going to be more investment back in the oil infrastructure, that means there will be more likely to pay back the money. in the short term if you look to the right, yields have risen again because in the short term, this could lead to chaos. they have the largest reserves in the western hemisphere when it comes to oil. moving on to north korea. we now have video, google executive chairman, eric schmidt, touring a computer lab in north korea, along with the former governor bill richardson who organized the trip. this is the entrance to the grand people's study house. and you'll see them looking at north korean individuals who happen to be allowed to be on the
. in the last few years alone, shea elected that he has created 1.75 million jobs. between now and 2035, we can double shale economic impact, double the number of jobs and generate a cumulative $2.5 trillion in new government revenues. to achieve these benefits, we need to safely opened up new land for exploration. we are foolishly locking away too much of our resources on land and off the coast that we should have access to. we need predictable and their regulatory environment. the federal government shouldn't pick the winners and losers, or subject energy projects to endless and duplicative views -- reduce. such roadblocks have stymied vital products, like the keystone pipeline, and that must be built. we shouldn't stop epa's -- we should -- shouldn't have said it that way. it's getting wound up a little bit. we should stop epa's senseless and ideologically driven battle to ban the production and the use of coal. and we should continue with the next generations of nuclear power plants, and we should waste no time in pursuing research that develop alternative sources such as wind, solar, geoth
would cut is far is that money going out. >> we took $716 billion out of medicare. he got elected and he put the $716 billion back into medicare. that is a test that we made when we passed -- neil: no, it just went into the president's health care plan. >> it may have, but it was cut out of medicare -- neil: taking it out of one and putting it in another is created but it doesn't save anything. >> that's how you create a job. we had big job growth in the medicare business. and -- uh, -- in the emergency rooms -- uh, that's what i call my spending, smart investing, and smart cards. neil: welcome welcoming the new year. hope springs eternal. thank you for coming, congressman. >> thank you for having me. neil: coming up next, a union battle against wal-mart neil: a wal-mart opening in newark, new jersey. unions are fighting against that, although it's bringing a lot of jobs to a city that needs them sorely. the employment rate is about 15%. >> wal-mart brings a short-term solution. what they do is they put mom-and-pop businesses, they give workers low wages, they don't provide good insuran
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newly elected state attorney george brockler and said he's not ready yet to announce whether he will seek the death penalty against holmes. >> reporter: there has been ample speculation here a plea agreement, not the death penalty but life in prison without the possibility of parole and guilty on all counts could be the way this case ultimately ends. >> mike, thanks for that. >>> we want to get a check at the top stories. naturally is at the newsdesk. >> good morning. a bombing this morning is televiv. it was a criminally motivated assassination attempt and not a terrorist act. >>> witnesses report a man on a motorcycle tossed a bomb into a car. several people were wounded in the blast. investigators are searching for what caused a high speed ferry to cash into a dock in lower manhattan wednesday. police say the boat's crew passed alcohol breath tests. it had undergone a recent overhaul and new propulsion system but officials don't know if those were factors in the incident. 70 people were injured in that crash at least two critically. >>> more trouble for boeing and the much to
referendum on the steroid era, rogers clemens, barry bonds, sammy sosa didn't come close to election into the hall of fame. how is this for a number. one in four children in the united states now on food stamps. we start them young on the entitlement programs, don't we? we'll have that, full coverage, plus the opening bell coming up next on "varney & company". [ rosa ] i'm rosa and i quit smoking with chantix. when the doctor told me that i could smoke for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok... little did i know that one week later i wasn't smoking. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix. don't take chantix if you've had a serus allergic or sk
elections that we could see more battles and skirmishes in washington, d.c. as opposed to fewer. dagen: what would you like to see as a stock investor? >> a treasury secretary who is more focused on building compromise. but think the lesson we learned in the debate last year when there was discussion about debt ceiling is that lew is one of these types of individuals who very politically savvy but that doesn't necessarily equate to being a statesman or looking out or if the best interest of the nation as well. it seemed as though when president obama was willing to compromise on certain things, lew was in the background perhaps whispering in his ear, don't compromise, go for more. dagen: we were just talking to our last guest from the "wall street journal" editorial page. talking about the president's goal, in the "wall street journal" today. do you buy that? is that the nation that the president wants to see in the next four years? >> well, i'm not sure if it's the nation that he wants to see in the next four years. maybe over the next 40 years. i'm not exactly sure what his vision for amer
an election. people are already starting to talk about the horse race for 2016. you do elections -- >> hillary's up. >> we have a serious, serious problem that we need to address. fiscal, education, immigration, infrastructure, health care costs. i can go on and on. even the guns issue. >> the show is over. thank you for being here. >> it's a pleasure. >>> thank you, david. have a great weekend, everybody. right now it's time for "squawk on the street." >>> good friday morning. welcome to "squawk on the street." i'm carl with melissa lee, jim cramer, david faber at the new york stock exchange. let's look at futures on a friday morning. mild action here. we are paying attention to the mutual fund inflows. as for europe, disappointing industrial production numbers in spain and the uk. but the euro is at a nine-month high this morning. we begin with the s&p, a five-year high. a lot riding on bank earnings. the report's not perfect. american express joining the list of financials that are cutting jobs. >>> best buy's troubles continue. they're not the only retailer under pressure this morning. jcp
that served in the clinton administration about after the election how the president was going to fill out his cabinet. and he said if you look at the pattern that this president has followed, it has tended to pick people close to him who he feels very comfortable with. the criticism of president obama from some is that he's insular and that he has a very close circle. the positive of that is that it's a pretty cohesive group and he deals with people that he's comfortable with. and jack lew is clearly one of those people. >> you know, john, i know when you read the "new york times" editorialal page you know what you're getting when you read "the wall street journal's" editorialal pages you know what you're getting. but the point is, anyone that is still holding out some hope for a clinton-type packet more to the center is just becoming clear, more and more clear that that is not what we're going to get. the president has ideas about where he wants to take the country and there's no reason, once you're re-elected, why he can't put his own people in that will further his goals. but you just read
, president bill clinton when he was president elect had a famous eruption of his temper at the bean counters who were complaining about lack of women in little rock. but it's been 20 years. there's been a generation since then. and it ought to have been easy. in fact, it would have been easy to find women. imagine what the stories would look like now if susan rice had been nominated to be secretary of state and michelle florinoi was the first defense secretary. >> i'm told that they are looking for a woman for commerce. i'm sure they are all very qualified. and then you say, oh, they needed a woman and they are putting that woman in a job because she's a woman. well, that's not a good storyline for them. >> or for people like you and me. >> right. exactly. and then the other question i have is, how much does the president, the top people listen to the women who are there? is it a question of numbers of women or is it a question of influence of women? i mean, you could argue that valley jarrett is the closest person on the senior staff to the president, long time friend close to the president
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